Photo: Andrea Ruffin


Todd and Andrea Ruffin have known each other since they were children. Having started dating six years ago, they quickly knew they were destined for one another. The pair spend their spare time racing at the Paris Dragstrip and share a passion for cars.

“Our first date was in a 1953 Chevy,” Andrea said. “It seemed appropriate for [cars] to be involved in our wedding as they are such a big part of our lives.”

And so, the hot rod road trip wedding was born. The couple decided to drive the truck they built together to Vegas and elope.

“The entire premise of the trip was to drive the truck we built to Vegas and then unload the gasser Nova we also built, and drive it down the Vegas strip and through the tunnel of love to get married and we did just that,” Andrea said. 

Although Vegas is known for its unique sites, the couple caused quite a stir of their own while driving the strip.

“We caught a lot of attention and everyone kept taking pictures and that was really fun,” Andrea said. “Not everyone gets what we do, but some people do, and can really appreciate what we have built and accomplished within this trip, and how much work we put into it.”

The cars were a 1947 Chevrolet 6400 on a ’73 GM one-ton motorhome chassis powered by a 1996 Cummins 12 valve diesel and electronic automatic transmission. The sleeper on the truck bed is a crew box from a 1950s-60s railroad truck.

The car they drove down the strip is a gasser style, 1962 Chevy II Nova with a 496 Big Block Chevy engine.

“The Nova gasser is the car that Todd races at the Paris Dragstrip, and it is very loud and aggressive,” Andrea said. “We spent countless hours gathering and assembling these cars to get them there. We love the look of old patina paint and there is just a great feeling that comes with successfully tripping a vehicle that you hand built from pieces on such an amazing trek.”
Andrea said since returning, the couple plans to continue building and racing cars at the Paris Dragstrip.
“We really enjoy the competitiveness and camaraderie that we have here at the Paris Dragstrip,” Andrea said. “We have several future car projects in the works, and after this amazing journey, I predict more hot rod road trip adventures in our future. You can follow our entire journey, with pictures, on Facebook by searching #hotrodroadtripwedding.”

Photo: Andrea Ruffin

Photo: Andrea Ruffin

Photo: Andrea Ruffin

Photo: Andrea Ruffin

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